Duckworth says she’d work with Trump on a ‘decent’ infrastructure plan

Trains, planes and buses weren’t the only moving targets U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth and transportation leaders strategized over at a forum Monday. There’s also the X Factor of President Donald Trump, who’s promised a $1 trillion infrastructure program but hasn’t released many details. Although a Democrat,…

Wheeling incumbent trustee candidates support Argiris

Wheeling trustees seeking re-election fully support Village President Dean Argiris — who’s been under fire for exorbitant credit card purchases and questionable use of a decommissioned police SUV — while a challenger criticized incumbents for neglecting residents. Trustees Mary Papantos, Ken Brady and Mary Krueger vowed…

Hoffman Estates man gets 22 years in prison for sixth DUI

A Hoffman Estates man convicted of his sixth DUI was sentenced to 22 years in prison. Jose Cruz, 53, was arrested in April 2016 after Elk Grove Village police observed him making an improper left turn at Elmhurst and Higgins roads. According to prosecutors, officers smelled…

Constable: Oscars serve sweet slice of Americana

Baseball is “America’s Pastime,” and the Cubs 2016 World Series win was epic. The New England Patriots rallied to win the Super Bowl on what has become an unofficial American holiday. Sunday’s crash-filled Daytona 500’s last-lap lead change defines what America is all about for some…

Maine West welcomes new therapy dog

Teddy is only 9 months old, but he usually doesn’t act his age. The young golden retriever — and newest employee at Maine West High School in Des Plaines — is peaceful, calm and reserved. He keeps to himself and naps in school counselor Lizz Hoover’s…

Primaries sending some DuPage voters back to the polls

With the dust hardly settled from November’s contentious national elections, some DuPage County voters again will go to the polls Tuesday to cast ballots in several primary elections. The most important of those contests is in Aurora, where voters in the state’s second-largest city will be…

Oakton to unveil new art for museum

Oakton Community College’s Koehnline Museum of Art will display more than 50 new acquisitions starting Thursday. It is part of the exhibition “Gems from the Koehnline: New Acquisitions,” at the college’s Des Plaines campus, 1600 E. Golf Road. The free display runs through Thursday, March 23.…

Kane, McHenry County voters return to polls for primary elections

Republican nominees for several positions in Dundee, Algonquin, and Grafton townships will be chosen in Tuesday’s primary elections. In perhaps the most controversial Dundee Township race, longtime Highway Commissioner Larry Braasch will face challengers Scott Sinnett and Michael Rogers. Braasch, who has worked at the township…

Naperville council candidates’ views vary on consolidation

Government consolidation is a hot topic this election season in Naperville, as eight candidates seek four spots on the city council to serve with Mayor Steve Chirico. A question about merging three neighboring towns into the city recently was denied a spot on the April 4…

Leicester beats Liverpool in its first match post-Ranieri

LEICESTER, England — Leicester began life without manager Claudio Ranieri by easing its English Premier League relegation fears after a stirring 3-1 home victory over Liverpool on Monday. In its first game since Ranieri was sacked last Thursday by the club’s Thai owners, Jamie Vardy scored…

How Cubs’ Kyle Hendricks manages his climb to the top

Quick. Who are the Chicago Cubs’ all-time pitching leaders in postseason games started? First you have Mordecai “Three Finger” Brown, the Hall of Famer who started 7 World Series games for the powerhouse Cubs teams of the early 20th Century. You also have co-aces Jake Arrieta…

Family Christian to close 240 stores, 9 in Illinois

Christian faith-based gift and book store chain Family Christian is closing all of its 240 stores nationwide, including nine in Illinois. Stores in Algonquin, Batavia, Lombard, Naperville, Vernon Hills, South Holland, Orland Park, Rockford and Joliet are holding liquidation sales until the stores close, possibly in…

Cook County Clerk Orr to lead discussion on TIF districts

Cook County Clerk David Orr will host a Tax Increment Financing Forum Thursday addressing the current state and future of TIFs, with a focus on TIF transparency. The forum will be from 8:45 a.m. to noon at 69 W. Washington, Chicago, in the 17th floor conference…

Lawmaker asks Texas Rangers to investigate Baylor scandal

AUSTIN, Texas — A Texas lawmaker wants the state’s top law enforcement agency to look into Baylor’s sexual assault scandal and whether school officials worked to cover up crimes. Rep. Roland Gutierrez, a San Antonio Democrat, called on the Texas Rangers on Monday to probe the…

Pressure on GOP to revamp health law grows, along with rifts

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump declared Monday that “Nobody knew that health care could be so complicated.” Yet the opposite has long been painfully obvious for top congressional Republicans, who face mounting pressure to scrap the law even as problems grow longer and knottier. With the…

Former McHenry County politician remembered as Republican powerhouse

Known as a Republican powerhouse in McHenry County and Illinois politics for decades, Albert Jourdan Jr. is remembered as a genuine friend, a trusted mentor and a well-respected politician. As former county auditor and GOP chairman, he had a hand in shaping McHenry County during one…

Cause of most US wildfires traced to people, study finds

WASHINGTON — A new study blames people for triggering five out of every six wildfires in the United States and tripling the length of the wildfire season. Even as climate change worsens the nation’s fire season – making it longer and easier to burn more acres…

Panthers use franchise tag on DT Short; re-sign DE Horton

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Panthers are trying their best to keep their defensive line intact, re-signing defensive end Wes Horton to a two-year contract. Financial terms were not released Monday. The move comes less than 24 hours after the Panthers re-signed defensive end Mario Addison to…

Belin rejoins Vandy’s staff as outside linebackers coach

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Warren Belin has rejoined Vanderbilt’s coaching staff as an outside linebackers coach. Belin is filling a void that was created when Osia Lewis changed responsibilities with the program to concentrate on battling liver cancer. Lewis, who had been Vanderbilt’s outside linebackers coach, now…

Elgin police not changing stance on immigration

With nationwide uncertainty regarding federal immigration policies, Elgin police said they will continue not to independently enforce immigration laws with the exception of known gang members, sex offenders and felons. The city’s human relations commission has been tasked with researching what it would mean for Elgin…